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Emma Brown

England — Emma Jean Scales Brown “Grippy” 74, of England Ark. went home to be with the Lord on February 5, 2016. She was born October 6, 1941 in Allport, Ark. to the late Joshua and Mary Scales. She was preceded in death by Five siblings.

Gary Mathews

Gary B. Mathews, 77 of Caulksville, AR passed away January 26, 2016 in Fort Smith. He was born October 8, 1938 in Fort Smith to Roy Mathews & Althea Stewart Mathews. He was a Construction Supervisor/Consultant for McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc. He also served with the Army National Guard. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy & Althea Stewart Mathews and his first wife and mother of his children, Elizabeth “Betsy” Mills Mathews.

Mary Bradley

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - Mary Lee Bradley, 90, of College Station, passed away February 9, 2016 at College Station Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, February 11th at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station.

Robert McBryde Sr.

STAR CITY - Robert “Bob” Samuel McBryde, Sr., 80, of Star City died Wednesday at Lincoln Heights Healthcare in Star City. He was born April 1, 1935 in Pine Bluff to the late Fred and Angie Parker McBryde.

Devin Duncan

RISON - Devin Wayne Duncan age 46 of Rison, Ark. (Herbine Community) died Tuesday, February 9th at his home. He was born April 16th, 1969 in Garland, Texas, a son of Lorna Stephens and spouse Larry, Winfield, Kan. and the late Carroll Wayne Duncan.

Gary Mathews

CAULKSVILLE - Gary B. Mathews, 77, of Caulksville, Ark. passed away January 26, 2016 in Fort Smith. He was born October 8, 1938 in Fort Smith to Roy Mathews & Althea Stewart Mathews. He was a Construction Supervisor/Consultant for McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc. He also served with the Army National Guard.

Cherie Bradford

WARREN — Cherie Erwin Bradford, age 81, of Warren, died Monday, January 25 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Mrs. Bradford is survived by her husband of nearly 62 years Bobby J. Bradford of Warren; four children, Tara Holmes of Amsterdam, Netherlands, David Bradford (Martha) of Banks, Ark., Michael Bradford (Kathy) and Renee Williams, both of Warren; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a brother, Lyndel Erwin and his spouse Annette Taylor Erwin; two nephews of Birmingham, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Sue Bussey of Shreveport, La., and a niece and nephew. Born in Banks, Ark., Mrs. Bradford graduated from Banks High School and received a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She was editor of the student newspaper, as well as the student yearbook. She taught English at various Arkansas schools, including Kingsland, Holly Grove and Hermitage. She was a music teacher and librarian in the Warren School System for 41 years. Mrs. Bradford was a board member of the Arkansas Education Association and active in the National Education Association, participating in educational conferences throughout the U.S. She was one of the first teachers to work with the Headstart summer educational programs for underprivileged children. She was president of the Warren Junior Auxiliary and active in numerous charity events. She was a substitute editor of The Eagle Democrat. She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Warren, where she sang soprano in the choir and occasionally played the organ. She traveled extensively, going on motorcycle trips with her husband and visiting various cities and countries. Among her many interests were reading, playing the piano, working crossword and jigsaw puzzles and computer games. She was an enthusiastic football and basketball fan. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, January 29 at Frazer Funeral Home in Warren with Rev. Philip Faris officiating. Pianist was Janice Sullivan and soloist Tim Erwin. Burial was at Crossroads Cemetery. Active pallbearers were The family requests that any donations in her memory be made to the Arkansas Education Association or the American Lung Association. Online guest register

Jerel Bates

STAR CITY — Jerel Dean Shumake Bates, 82, of Star City died Wednesday. She wasborn July 5, 1933 in Lincoln County to the late Henry F. and Inez Holloway Shumake. She was a member of Star City Church of Christ and was an inspector for School Apparel, Inc. Not only was Jerel a devoted wife and mother, she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, more than words can express. She was a caring friend and enjoyed surprising people with various treats. She loved nothing more than to help and bring joy to those in need. Also preceding her in death were her husband, Herman Edward Bates; one brother, Henry Shumake, Jr.; two sisters, Esterline Gill and Sallie Gillespie. Survivors include one son, Billy (Jeanie) Bates of Star City; one daughter, Judy (Richard) Manning of Pine Bluff; three grandchildren, Julie Manning (Forrest) Johnson of Natchez, Miss., Ashley Bates (Kevin) Hawkins of Star City and Molly Manning of Pine Bluff; three great-grandchildren, Maggie Claire Bates Hawkins, Kooper Bates Hawkins and Mary Blair Johnson and her caregiver, Wanda VanDuren. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday at Griffin Funeral Chapel with Bro. Melvin Baxter officiating. Burial at Leek Cemetery. Pallbearers are Newell Gill, Jerry Shumake, Jimmy Powell, Kenny Gillespie, Greg Gillespie, Olen Bates and Roger Bates. Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Bates, Keith Bates, Jerry Bates, Terry Bates, Gene Kimbrell and Ron Bates.

Anna Works

SHERIDAN — Anna Hyde Camp Works, 97, of Sheridan, Ark., went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at her home. She was born March 15, 1918 in the Hardin Community, daughter of Charles and Sarah Taylor Hyde. Mrs. Works was reared and educated in Sherrill. She enjoyed quilting, making dolls, working puzzles and being with family. Mrs. Works retired from the West Bend Company. She was a member of the Church of God. Mrs. Works was preceded in death by her husband, Hershel Lee Works, whom she married March 11, 1950, in Pine Bluff; a son, Michael Works; brothers, Eugene and Clifford Hyde; and sisters, Ruth Buckley and Ruby Moore. Survivors include her sons, Rickey Works (Margaret) of Pine Bluff and Ronnie Rogers of Sheridan; daughters, Diane Works of Sheridan and Mary Ellen Camp Parker (Jesse) of Woodlawn; five grandchildren, Pamela Clark, Jesse Parker, III, Penny Noyes, Sara Works and Rainey Dawn; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a special family friend, Davia Phillips. Visitation will be Saturday, January 30, 2016, 1 p.m. until service time at Robinson’s. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, January 30, 2016 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend Albert Davis and Reverend Travis Creekmore officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Rison. Online register at

Aliene Jones-Parks

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Aliene Jones-Parks, 54, formerly of Pine Bluff, died January 23, 2016, at her home in North Little Rock. She was born on September 15, 1961, to the late Alberta Jones-Jackson and Willie D. Everette, Sr. Aliene attended Gillett Public Schools before moving to Pine Bluff with her family. She later attended First Ward and Townsend Park Elementary. She graduated from Dollarway High School in 1979. Aliene was a hard worker that loved and lived life to the fullest. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Marshall “Sonnyboy” Anderson, Jr. and John “Johnny” Andrew Denmon, and her sister, Alberta “Sista’ Girl” Tatum. Aliene is survived by her husband, Hewitt Parks Jr; her only child, daughter Tasha Jones-Buckley and son-in- law Daryl Buckley, Sr. of Mesquite, Texas; two loving grandchildren, Michael J. Buckley and Faith N. Buckley. Also her memory will by cherish by her brother, James Earl Jones, Sr. and sisters, Earlene Jones and Shirley Williams; two special sister in laws, LuJuana M. Jones and Doris Denmon whom she loved very much. Aliene also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends to cherish her memories.

Bruce Swinton

LITTLE ROCK — Mr. Bruce Raymond Swinton, Sr., 66, of Little Rock, Ark. passed Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Funeral Service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Greater Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark. by Reverend Elton Taylor. Interment will be in Haven of Rest Cemetery in Little Rock, Ark. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Friday at Hoover United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark. His body will lie in-state Saturday, 10 a.m., until service. The Family will be at 9122 Tall Timber Blvd, Little Rock, Ark. 72204.

Ralph Mateen

DAMASCUS — Ralph A. Mateen, 79, of Damascus, Ark. died January 22, 2016 at UAMS Medical Center. He was born June 6, 1936 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Thompson. He was preceded in death by his brother, Napoleon.

Jasper Richmond, Jr.

Jasper Richmond, Jr., 82, of Pine Bluff died January 23, 2016 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born October 29, 1933 in Pine Bluff, Ark. to the Late Jasper Richmond, Sr. and Ollie Trotter Richmond. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffery Davis; five brothers, Robert Lee Beavers, Oliver Goins, Joe McClinton, J.W and Ladell Richmond; two sisters, Vergie Mae Drain and Lula Samon. Survivors include caregiver, Mrs. Diane Clifton of Pine Bluff, Ark.; his wife, Annie M. Richmond, one son, Edwin Richmond of East Chicago, Ind.; two daughters, Tonya Richmond of Lafayette, Ind. and Veronica Richmond of Hammond, Ind.; one sister, Juanita Jenkins of Emeryville, Calif.; one brother, John Henry Richmond of Indiana; one sister in law, Odessa Beavers; thirteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Fannie Pennington

Mrs. Fannie Lucille Pennington, 61, of Pine Bluff, Ark. passed January 23, 2016. She was born to the late Ernest Iverson and Emma Gather Carr. She leave to cherish memories to one son, Ernest Robinson; one daughter, Roslyn Iverson both of Pine Bluff; three sisters, Ester Briggs of Kansas City, Mo., Rosetta Guy of Chicago, Ill. and Easter Boykin of Little Rock, Ark.; four grandchildren.

Grady Mathews

Mr. Grady Mathews, 82, of Pine Bluff entered into eternal rest on January 27 at JRMC surrounded by family. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home